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Spanish City Seafront Area gets £1.9m Financial Boost

North Tyneside Council has announced Whitley Bay's landmark Spanish City Dome is set to be a focal point for visitors again - especially Dire Straits fans - thanks to a £1.9m funding boost.

North Tyneside Council on Monday 11th January 2013 was awarded £1.9m from the Coastal Communities Fund, which aims to support the sustainable economic development of coastal communities and create new jobs and prosperity for seaside towns. The money will be used to create a new public piazza in front of the iconic Spanish City Dome to join the landmark building to the sea-front.

Hopefully with the permission of North East songwriter Mark Knopfler the lyrics of his 'Tunnel of Love' song, which immortalised the Spanish City's amusement park history, will be etched into the promenade as part of the landscaping.

The aim is to create an area in front of the rejuvenated Spanish City site that can be used to host open-air events, and provide an informal leisure area for residents and visitors to enjoy the coast.

It will complement the next phase of work to the priority regeneration site. The Council is currently awaiting the outcome of a Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund bid that aims to help it take the Spanish City Dome development scheme forward by completing internal building work to fit it out for future users.

Spanish City Dome - Proposals

Details of Robertson's proposals for Spanish City can be found at:-

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Spanish City Plans to be unvailed to the Public

Public GET FIRST insight into Spanish city plans.

Robertson’s plans to secure the future of Whitley Bay’s iconic Dome as a vibrant hub for visitors and residents will be set out at a public forum next week.

Robertson, the preferred bidder selected by North Tyneside Council to deliver the regeneration of the Spanish City development site, will take the stage of Whitley Bay Playhouse, on June 2 to unveil more details of their plans.

There will be two public forums - at 4.30pm and 6.30pm - when anyone is welcome to attend.

They aim to give the public an insight into the company’s proposal to transform the Dome into a unique family entertainment and leisure centre.

There will also be information available on the overall development of the three hectare site, which will also include a four-star style niche/boutique hotel, residential apartments, a care home and external improvements to create an attractive piazza, with cultural and leisure performance space, in front of the Dome.

Dome opens it Doors

Doors to be opened again on 23rd and 24th September 2010

Thousands of people visited the Dome over the Heritage Open Days and following that success North Tyneside Council are to open the door again on Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th September 10am to 4pm. North Tyneside Council are to congratulated of their superb exhibition. The views across the links from the roof were fantastic and so much different from the views at ground level. If you get a chance pay it a visit.

Congratulations to Whitley Bay FC retaining the VASE Cup - 2010

Whitley Bay FC beat Wroxham by a convincing 6 goals to 1 at Wembley winning the VASE cup for a third time. What a great achievement from Whitley Bay FC. About 6000 fans were due to travel to Wembley and what a great day they must have had. Whitley Bay FC also finished 3rd in the Northern League Div 1. Well Done Whitley Bay. Congratulations to the players and all the support staff.

Whitley Bay Town Cup Winners - North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards

North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards (NSVL) has won the Whitley Bay Town Cup.

Chairman of the Council, Cllr Michael Huscroft, will present the cup to the winner at the full meeting of North Tyneside Council on Thursday 21 January, following a civic reception. Cllr Michael Huscroft said: "The North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards are deserving winners of this trophy, and rightly join a long list of prestigious recipients. "The work carried out by the volunteers is invaluable and this cup goes somewhere in showing them our appreciation for their invaluable efforts."

James Parkinson, from Whitley Bay is the North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards' Secretary. He said: "The news has come as a massive surprise and we're delighted to have been awarded the Whitley Bay Town Cup. "We feel the award is great recognition for the hard work of all those who give their time to help NSVL, from the teachers and lifeguards who run training sessions and courses, to those who help behind the scenes."

Whitley Bay FC through to Wembley - 2009

Traders paint the town Blue

Traders from Whitley Bay have been out with their paintbrushes in support of Whitley Bay Football Club, who are playing at Wembley on the 10th May in the FA Vase Final.

As soon as the decision was made at the last Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade meeting plans were quickly afoot to let the team know the strength of support they could expect from local businesses. T & G Allan, recently boarded up after its closure, left a blank canvas on which a huge message of support could be given. This prompted a group of traders and their families to don overalls last Sunday, forsaking their day off, and set about transforming the front of the shop to a giant wall of blue & white stripes. A further addition in the form of signage will be in place by the end of this week, sponsored by North Tyneside Council.

Paint was donated after a kind offer by Chamber member and local businessman Michael Finlay of Finlay's Décor on Park View who rolled up his sleeves along with Vice Chair Karen Goldfinch of Made to Treasure, Mike Leydon, Rachel Lambert and their 6 year old daughter Maya from Blue Papaya, Vikki Milne owner of Blueberry Square and a whole host of kind volunteers. T & G Allan agreed to let the hoarding to be painted, and quickly responded to get things moving as soon as possible. There was no shortage of help and encouragement from passers-by and even local beat officer, PC ********, was on hand to ensure fair play. Many members of the public commented on the difference it would make to the town and congratulated all those involved with the 'installation'. Other businesses in the town are showing their involvement by dressing their windows in the team colours, and the Whitley Bay Football Club sales trailer will be available in the town selling replica strips, tickets for Wembley and WBFC memorabilia.

Karen Goldfinch said:

"This is a huge success for WBFC and as a town we should be very proud of them and showing our support goes without question. The Chamber of Trade only met last week, elected new officers, and also managed to pull this together in a couple of days. It shows the strength of community in Whitley Bay and that working together between businesses, North Tyneside Council and John Fleet our Town Centres Manager we can all help to make things happen." "It's good to be uniting on this, and getting results from joining forces - I'm sure WBFC will do their very best to bring a trophy back to Whitley Bay. They certainly deserve a Wembley victory."

Leisure Pool now called Waves to open on the 30 March 2009 - 12.30

The old leisure pool is now due to re-open after a £6m refurbishment. The pool now called Waves will open its doors at 12.30 on Monday 30th March.

Naming Competition - Rename the Old Leisure Pool

North Tyneside Council is seeking suggestions for a new name for the pool, which is undergoing a £6million refurbishment. A panel of judges will choose the best name and the winner will receive a fantastic new mountain bike.

The new pool will include:- New ground floor reception. Major pool hall improvements. New modern changing village. Accessibility improvements (including new lifts). New exciting aquatic children's play equipment (featuring a pirate ship design), three slides plus retention of the wave machine. New ground floor soft play area and cafe. High quality health suite including a large gym with state-of-the-art equipment, dance studios and saunas. Extended car parking.

Entries should be marked Pool Naming Competition and sent to:Wallsend Town Hall, High Street East, Wallsend. NE28 7RR. People making submissions should include their full address and a daytime telephone number. The closing date for entries is December 8, 2008.

Playhouse and Skateboard Park take Shape

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Front of the playhouse has been demolished to make way for the new glass front Skate park under construction due to be finished early July but it will be later

Skatepark Completed

Parking in Whitley Bay - Proposals for pay parking in Park View WITHDRAWN just hours before the Planning Committee

Proposals for the introduction of charges in Park View and formal approval of the one way systems was withdrawn by council officers from the committee and is to be reconsidered

The committee recieved a petition signed by 1963 and 230 letters of objection.

Work begins on skate park

Contractors have moved onto site to begin work on the new skate park for Whitley Bay. The new facility - in the Panama Dip on the site of the former Panama Café on The Links - is a key part of North Tyneside Council's £60m regeneration plans for the town. It has been designed, in consultation with skateboarders, BMX users and rollerbladers when finished it will deliver a skating area of approximately 1,000 square metres. It will incorporate two bowls, ramps, driveways and walls as well as special features - a hubba, a jersey barrier, a wall ride, taco, pier 7, and a street area with blocks and grind rails.

Parking in Whitley Bay - Have the Council got it wrong ?

Have your SAY

Proposals are now on display at the Library and the council is carrying out a three week consultation process. More Parking Charges and one way systems for Whitley Bay. The Chamber of Trade and many residents of Whitley Bay feel it is a big mistake.

The proposal are detailed and can also be accessed from the North Tyneside website Click Here

Doug Nicholson from Nicholson's Butchers on Park View has a petition which oposes the proposals - Call in and sign it

Consultation lasts until about the 20th February 2008 - Take action now

e-Shopping in Whitley Bay

Traders in Whitley Bay have been joined together in an e-Shopping High Street Consortium.

A number of shops and traders have been brought together in a home delivery internet based business venture launched in Whitley Bay. E-shoppers can browse local shops at any time and in the comfort of ther own home select various products and produce, pay in one simple secure payment and then have the delivery at a time suitable to them.

There is quite a big product range from fresh produce, groceries, decorating products to dancing lessons, clothing and leisure. The website is very well laid out with items very easily accessible

** GIVE IT A TRY ** Click Here -

Treasure Hunt on Whitley Bay Beach

A treasure hunt organised by Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade seemed to be a great success. The event happened on Sunday 3 June 07 with many people looking for treasure.

For more photos of the event Click Here

Cullercoats RNLI gets new lifeboat

The RNLI has now put in service a new Atlantic 85 Inshore lifeboat

The Atlantic 85 is the most technologically advanced inshore lifeboat in the RNLI fleet. It is the first inshore lifeboat to have radar, which means it can operate more effectively in reduced visibility. It is also faster and bigger than its predecessor, with room for a fourth crew member as well as more space for casualties.

**For Latest News on the Whitley Bay REGENERATION Click Here

**New service from North Tyneside - view and info on Planning Applications etc.

Repair work for central promenade

(Work is now in progress January 2007)

19-APR-06 Statement from North Tyneside Council

An estimated £500,000 is to be spent on repairing the central promenade on Whitley Bay seafront. The scheme, which will safeguard the sea wall, is scheduled to take place over the autumn. It has been agreed by North Tyneside Council's Cabinet.

The aim of the repair scheme is to extend the life of the 85-year-old promenade which has gradually fallen into a state of disrepair over a number of years and needs remedial treatment. Funding has been secured through the Local Transport Plan. The proposed scheme involves reinforcing the outer wall which will extend the life of this part of the structure for up to 60 years and will help to protect the whole of the remaining structure. Consultation will take place with residents and other stakeholders before work starts.

Cabinet member for environment Cllr Dave McGarr said: This work is necessary to extend the life of the promenade and protect the footway and retail units. It is important that the work is carried out now complement the ongoing regeneration of Whitley Bay.

St Mary's Lighthouse - Opening Hours to be Cut

The council is currently considering cutting staff and opening hours at the Lighthouse in the current round of cost cutting exercises - More details in an article in the Whitley Gardian

Painted Egg Displays in the Shops

Over Easter various schools will have painted Easter Egg Displays in the Shops

Whitley Bay's Area Forum

Any one who lives or works in the Whitley Bay area and would like to be involved in helping to resolve or improve local issues is invited by the council to go along to the meetings. Next Meeting 6.30 pm - 3 April, Whitley Bay Playhouse, Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay

For more details contact 0191 200 5000 or visit the Council's web site at

New Years Morning 1st January 2006

The Monkseaton Morrismen - 12 noon - Ship Inn Monkseaton

Dip in the North Sea - 11.00 Northern Promenade

For details visit the events page Click Here

Calender Produced Showing Whitley Bay's Decay

There have been years of neglect by sucessive councils and Whitley Bay is in dire need for regeneration. To help highlight the issues a calender has been produced which shows some of the current buildings that are in decay and in need of urgent attention. The calender can be purchased through the website

The 7th St. Nicholas Festival 2005 - 2nd & 3rd December

Markets, Lantern Procession, Live Entertainment - Whitley Bay Town Center

For more details and programme Click Here

Local Post Office - Best in the Country

West Monkseaton Post Office on Earsdon Road was awarded first place for both best Sub Post Office in the UK and the National Customer Service Title. Andrew and Joan Thompson (subpostmasters) were praised by their customers for their excellent customer service and their community spirt in raising funds for local charities - Well Done

Where's the Hands on the Clock Gone - Its now working

The Rotary clock in the town centre has had its hands removed. The orginal hands were too heavy for the clock mechanism leading to regular stoppages. They were removed and new hands together with a stronger mechanism fitted.

Whitley Bay's Area Forum

Any one who lives or works in the Whitley Bay area and would like to be involved in helping to resolve or improve local issues is invited by the council to go along to the meetings. Next Meeting 12 December 2005

For more details contact 0191 200 5000 or visit the Council's web site at

5.5m for Whitley Bay Super-Centre

A new 5.5m joint service centre, offering a one-stop shop to public services, is to be built in the centre of Whitley Bay. The council is also looking to include a new library alongside the centre.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has agreed to the scheme which will provide the public with instant access to a full range of services offered by North Tyneside Council and its partners in the community.

The aim is to provide joined-up key public services in modern welcoming surroundings and create a focal point for the community.

Bikers invade Avalon Hotel in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance

Bikers from various clubs have joined together in support of the Great North Air Ambulance and 18 riders are planning to travel from Lands End to John O'Groats

- 840 miles in 24hrs. The round trip will be 1730 miles

The evening at the Avalon raised over £1100 and with various sponsorship the total should be well over £7,000

Seafront Regeneration

A summary of the current position is on the website at

The plans can also be seen on the above web-link look under heading Visuals.

Whitley Bay Shop Wins Award

Paper Treasures - Best Retail Business in North Tyneside

The Park View bookshop picked up the award for best retail business in the North Tyneside Small Business Awards ceremony held on Friday November 19th.

Whitley Bay Shop and Hotels - Winners in Town Centre 'In Bloom'

Congratulations to the winners of the 2004 North Tyneside In Bloom competition

High Street Business

First - Charles Nicholson & Sons, 140 Park View, Whitley Bay


First: Fisherman's Lodge, 18 Oxford Street, Whitley Bay

Second: Oaktree Lodge, 15 Esplande Whitley Bay

For the full list of winners see

Town Centre Regeneration

New Town Shopping Centre officially opened its doors on the 18 September 2004

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